What are the statutory requirements relating to an Operational Limitations Document?

SOLAS regulation V/30 (which is given effect in the UK by The Merchant Shipping (Safety of Navigation) Regulations) 2002 requires all passenger ships to which SOLAS chapter I applies (i. e. ships carrying more than 12 passengers on international voyages) to have a list of all limitations on the operation of the ship, including exemptions from any SOLAS regulations, restrictions in operating areas, weather restrictions, sea state restrictions, restrictions in permissible loads, trim, speed and any other limitations, whether imposed by the flag State Administration or established during design or building. The list must be compiled before the ship is put in service, and together with any necessary explanations, must be documented in a form acceptable to the flag State Administration, must be kept on board readily available to the master, and must be kept updated.

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